Following graduating with a joint honors degree in Mathematics, Statistics and Economic I completed a PhD in Statistics and Modelling Science on the mathematical modelling of antimicrobial resistance. In 2006, I began working in collaboration with Health Protection Scotland on research problems in public health statistics and epidemiology. This research focuses mainly on the linkage of and statistical analysis of data from large administrative databases to answer questions of public health importance. My initial project focused on developing surveillance systems using data from NHS telephone helplines and GP consultation data to monitor a potential outbreak of pandemic influenza – systems which were subsequently used to inform policy public health policy in the 2009 Influenza H1N1 outbreak. My collaborative research with Health Protection Scotland continued with assessment of the effectiveness of the Influenza vaccination in the community and most recently assessing the impact of the HPV vaccination, used to prevent cervical cancer in women, on the prevalence of HPV infection and pre-cancerous disease.
My current research has developed in to the area of pharmacoepidemiology and is conducted in collaboration with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science and the Information Services Division of the NHS. This work aims to understand the impact of interventions in reducing high risk prescribing combinations and understand the effect of prescribing patterns upon patient outcomes. This research involves linkage and analysis of national hospital admission and prescribing databases and will lead to the development of an Infection Intelligence Platform at Information Services Division which will empower the clinical community and infection specialists to develop, implement and measure the effectiveness of preventative and treatment interventions.